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Old 05-29-2006, 11:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Reason to think twice

I saw this in a Danish News paper a little while back and now again here
Watch the interactive essay THE CHERNOBYL LEGACY
http://todayspictures.slate.com/20060529/?GT1=8199
Thought It would be something to share.

And here Paul Fuco's website with more pictures

http://www.magnumphotos.com/c/htm/Tr...&E=29YL53IR0LD

It has changed my outlook on neuclear power somewhat
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Old 05-29-2006, 11:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, I guess the world should never allow a Chernobyl reactor to go into a testing phase while Communists are in power?

I hope this changes your outlook on the subject, and you don't lump all nuclear reactors together in this careless incident. Did you read the timeline? I laughed when I saw the human error that had to occur for the accident to take place.

Please research CANDU reactors and then post to see if your view on Nuclear Energy changes somewhat.

Oh, and the stark Black-and-White imagery of deformed kids and parents crying over graves was a good touch.

Maybe the Anti-Nuclear-Power crowd could get a press conference where the staff of a nuclear generator gather around and kick a puppy. Good for media, light on fact.
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Old 05-29-2006, 02:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah BigBen, I was in fucking stitches myself - hilarious.

While you're quite right about some reactors being safer than others, it doesn't mean that Chernobyl didn't happen, and it doesn't turn the many Chernobyl victims into propaganda weapons to be used on one side or the other of the political argument. Those kids are fucked. They're not interested in whether you are pro-or-anti nuclear fuels. They are fucked because in Chernobyl, a nuclear power station blew up. The people who were working in it at the time didn't have any time to kick any puppies because they were all exposed to massive doses of lethal radiation. Unfortunately no-one was about to take any shiny colour publicity shots before they had to be buried in lead-lined coffins so as not to contaminate the surrounding earth. Not that it would have mattered, Chernobyl and the area around it remains dangerously radioactive today.

Good touch? This guy went to take some photos, and told the story of the people he found there. If his attitude towards nuclear power was altered, who can blame him? But I seriously doubt his initial motives were political.

Some stories can be told without there being an underlying political motivation - the story presented was not a dossier on the pros and cons of nuclear power, but a documentary of the lives of the survivors of a disaster - please have the sense to see it as such.
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